With Aquarius and Hannibal marched over to the TV graveyard of Saturdays now, last night had a lot less drama in primetime. Of course, the highest rated show of the night was actually the unscripted Big Brother (2.0/7). Amidst a love triangle and an eviction, the show saw a 5% bop up among adults 18-49 from last week. Following that, CBS’ only original drama of Thursday was Under The Dome (0.9/3). Free of the competition, as it was, of Hannibal, UTD easily won its 10 PM time slot again but took an 18% fall among the key demo. That’s a series low for the Stephen King novel adaptation series, in preliminary numbers. However, with BB demo numbers and the 7.16 million tuning in who made the 8 PM The Big Bang Theory (1.4/6) repeat the most watched show of the night, CBS was tops for Thursday with a 1.4/5 and total viewership with 5.76 million.
Once dominated by arched drama, NBC’s Thursday is now devoid of it. Starting the night, Food Fighters (0.9/4) was even with its July 9 offering. Now taking over the slots previously held by Aquarius and Hannibal, Dateline Mystery (1.1/4) certainly delivered a better result. If you add the ratings of the two dramas together, the 9-11 PM news mag show still beat them by 22% among the 18-49s – which was exactly the kind of double-digit results NBC was looking for. Overall, the net was in second place for the night with a 1.0/4 rating and 4.9 million viewers.
The biggest improvement of the night on the Big 4 went to The Astronaut Wives Club (1.0/4), which rocketed up 25% after last week’s already double-digit rise. The rest of ABC’s night was not so Apollo with Mistresses (0.8/3) and Rookie Blue (0.7/3) unchanged from last week. Fox’s Boom (0.7/3) was also even with its July 9 show while the penultimate episode of Wayward Pines (0.9/3) slipped 10% from last week. In early numbers, that’s a low for the Matt Dillon starrer.
The CW’s Beauty and The Beast (0.3/1) had a better night, rising 50% from its low of last week. Otherwise a double dose of Dates saw the 9 PM (0.1/1) down a tenth from its July 9 debut while a 9:30 PM (0.1/0) was even with its slot of last week.